Original Article

3D Automated Breast Ultrasound System: Comparison of Interpretation Time of Senior Versus Junior Radiologist


  • Aydan Arslan
  • Gökhan Ertaş
  • Erkin Arıbal

Received Date: 13.11.2018 Accepted Date: 28.01.2019 Eur J Breast Health 2019;15(3):153-157


This study aimed to compare the automated breast ultrasound system (ABUS) reading time of breast radiologist to a radiology resident independent of the clinical outcomes.

Materials and Methods:

One hundred women who underwent screening ABUS between July and August 2017 were reviewed retrospectively. Each study was examined sequentially by a breast radiologist who has more than 20 years of experience in breast radiology and third year resident who has 6 months of experience in breast radiology. Data were analyzed with Spearman' correlation, Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test and Kruskal-Wallis Test and was recorded.


The mean age of patients was 42.02±11.423 years (age range16-66). The average time for senior radiologist was 223.36±84.334 seconds (min 118 max 500 seconds). The average time for junior radiologist was 269.48±82.895 seconds (min 150 max 628 seconds). There was a significant difference between the mean time of two radiologists (p=0.00001). There was a significant difference regarding the decrease in the reading time throughout study with the increase of number of cases read by the breast radiologist (p<0.05); but not with the resident radiologist (p=0.687). There was a correlation between BI-RADS category and reading time for both the breast radiologist and the resident (p=0.002, p=0.00043 respectively) indicating that patients who had findings caused longer reading times.


ABUS reading time may differ according to the experience of the user, however the times of an experienced and non-experienced user is comparable.

Keywords: Automated breast ultrasound, breast ultrasonography, breast cancer, interpretation time of ABUS, average time of ABUS